This handbook is a deep dive on the causes of urban poverty in Burundi (Africa) guided by the results of an extensive research carried out by the author, Doctor in Theology and expert in Urban Ministry and Missiology. The analysis Thierry Bahizi offers here arises from a holistic viewpoint, including not only the variable of physical, also called material, poverty, but also its spiritual side. Along its pages, the reader is going to find a complete relation of the multiple faces of poverty in the urban nuclei of Burundi, how the local Churches and Parishes can and, in fact, do tackle the situation, and the essential conclusion on the importance of the spiritual work for pauperized collectives.
Les enfants de personne
Étude clinique et de phénoménologie sociale sur l’enfance défavorisée en RD Congo
La grande croissance démographique de la RD Congo favorise l’établissement d’une société composée par plus d’un 50% de jeunes en dessous des 15 ans. Depuis dix ans, l’UNICEF prévient que plus de 7 millions d’enfants ne fréquentent pas l’école, devenant des enfants de la rue, dépourvus de famille. C’est avec un regard de psychosociologue que Masiala ma Solo nous aide à trouver des pistes pour prévenir que ces petites victimes, les enfants de personne, restent tragiquement enfermées dans un cercle de destruction qui nuit à l’ensemble de la société civile congolaise.
Corruption-free Religions are Possible. Integrity, Stewardship, Accountability
Corruption is abuse of public or private power for personal interests. Paying and receiving bribes in form of money, advantages, nepotism or sexual services exists in all sectors of society. This book with twenty articles from four continents analyses the mechanisms of corruption within religious institutions in Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity. This book contributes ways corruption can be overcome by values, education, good management, accountability, state regulations and interfaith cooperation. A book for religious leaders, lay persons, politicians, educators and all those engaged to overcome corruption.
This piece of work focuses on the role of the church in sustainable development. The church is a major player because of the big numbers that constitute her institution. She has an everyday opportunity, and over binding responsibility to fulfill her ministry mandate. The church is one of the front line players in development, and her place is vital because she is supposed to engage a holistic role in development, more than any other player does. The author looks at development from a divine perspective, and expects all developers, to integrate the biblical teaching so that it can make meaning theologically and ecologically to sustain holistic development.
Le rôle de l'Église maronite dans la construction du Liban
L'auteur étudie en premier lieu l'organisation de l'Église maronite du Liban, et cherche à démontrer l'incidence de celle-ci sur la construction de l'État libanais. Cette visée méthodologique l'induit ensuite à remonter à l'origine de l'Église maronite dès le Ve siècle en Syrie, puis enfin à s'intéresser à son développement dans la Montagne libanaise jusqu'en 1920. La thèse centrale soutenue est que cette période de l'histoire est à même d'éclairer le Liban d'aujourd'hui, comme elle l'a fait de manière exemplaire jusqu'au Pacte National de 1943. C'est dans ce Moyen-Orient, composé d'une forte prédominance du religieux dans les rapports entre groupes que le Liban prend forme, avec ses réalités géopolitiques et ses enjeux stratégiques. Afin de réaliser cette recherche, l'auteur a effectué de nombreux voyages au Liban, parcourant celui-ci en bus, ou à pied par exemple dans la Qadisha - la Vallée Sainte - difficilement accessible au sein de la Montagne chrétienne.
Blue Ethics: Ethical Perspectives on Sustainable, Fair Water Resources Use and Management
For many policy makers, urban managers, water experts, technicians or activists, ethical perspectives in water management are not important or do not bring any added value. A debate seems to be locked between those stressing mainly the right of access to water for all and those who cannot go beyond economic realism. The sustainable use of a resource that becomes under growing pressure, in terms of extraction, allocation and recycling looks as a technical issue, not to say a technocratic one. This collective book claims the opposite. The many issues faced by the access to water as well as the sustainable use of the resource rely on open negotiations, settling conflicts, tariffs structure while expanding delivery and managing fairly water' scarcity. In all these processes, ethical values do matter.
How can I live out my values and convictions in everyday life? How can I reconcile faith and action? How can we encourage one another in what we do instead of giving up to resignation? Such questions are at the centre of these 365 short texts, written out of and for everyday life: way-markers offering a sense of direction and encouragement.
One can philosophize through lengthy explanations and towering treaties. But there is another tradition: that of the aphorism, the art of the fragment. To make the reader think through one or a few brief sentences, a digest of thought that tries to capture in few words a vivid problematic, in a striking form. Often critical, ironic or mocking, this laconic form of philosophical expression is generous because it is trusting: the reader will understand mere implicit meaning, he will read between the lines. And when will be highlighted the sordid of the human soul, he will not be sad but joyful, for consciousness makes us free. The issue is to reconcile with our own finitude, to accept our own humanity, for better and for worse.
African Church Assets Handbook
Christoph Stückelberger / William Otiende Ogara / Bright Mawudor
Churches in Africa have vast assets: agricultural land and prime land in cities, real estate in schools, universities, hospitals, churches etc. How can these institutions become less dependent on donations by increasing revenue from these assets? Theological visions, ethical values, planning skills, integrity leadership, fair elections, professional governing structures, anti-corruption mechanisms, innovative strategies and investment partnerships are needed to aid such developments. This handbook offers conceptual knowledge, practical solutions and case studies, written by practitioners for practitioners in churches: pastors/priests, leaders, finance officers, asset managers, donor agencies, students and all those engaged for professional, innovative, efficient and faith-based asset management of churches and church-related organisations.
Essential Approaches to Christian Religious Education: Learning and Teaching in Uganda
Teaching Christian religious education at the lower secondary school level is complex. It involves the interweaving of content knowledge, pedagogical skills, a knowledge and appreciation of the multifaceted nature of students and finally the evaluation skills that help the teacher to arrive at the conclusion that the intended key learning outcomes have been achieved. Personal characteristics too are integral in the overall portrait of a professional Christian religious education teacher, especially for those people who believe that today there is the paradigm shift between providing instruction and producing learning between imparting knowledge and facilitating learning. An examination of the available literature reveals that many books have been written about how religion should be taught in schools. This book is not about any particular religion; it addresses the deficiency of materials related directly to the essential approaches that should be employed when teaching Christian religious education at the lower secondary school level in Uganda.
In this book the author deals with the hidden realities posed by parents who spend much of their time occupied with work and leisure, while the children are left to their to their own devices. In the course of these long time period of separation, children build inappropriate relationships and indulge in detrimental practices that pose both short- and long-terms effects to themselves and the family at large. This book therefore focuses on parental ethical roles in the Uganda African context. It is a very moving family ethical exposition that will build up parents and help them to rethink their approach to family practises. It is a book intended to raise awareness of the subtle dangers that unintentional neglect can cause, potentially damaging their families and their children's future.
Way-Markers II: 111 Reflections Exploring Ethics in Everyday Life
Exploring ethical orientation in everyday life, in political-economic developments and in spiritual questions: This is what these 111 short texts intend to stimulate. They include seven clusters of themes: Creation, meaning and the senses; Good and evil, virtue and vice; Life, energy and being human; Relationships, love and sexuality; Poverty, wealth and justice; Economics, Politics and Globalisation; Faith, church and spirituality. The texts are rooted in Christian ethics. At the same time, they are intended as an invitation to interreligious openness and cooperation with all people of good will. To live out one's own values, to respect other values and to strengthen common global values: Let us dance this dance of life, together with the whole of creation!
This book is the work of high school teachers involved in a writing workshop, facilitated by Y. Sumardiyanto and Tituk Romadlona Fauziyah on the topic of ethics in a multicultural society. The book is expected to be reading about ethics for the youth in Indonesia and could be a useful contribution to the contemporary Indonesian society.
This " Interreligious Ethics Manual for Indonesia" consists of five papers. Three papers discuss the ethical prerequisites needed to develop more conducive conditions for people of different religious traditions to live together, in shared public spaces in general, in universities and also in print and online through journalism. The other two papers provide concrete examples of ethical issues in interreligious marriage and in journalism. As a manual, this book completes the volume "Social Ethics in interreligious interaction", which is a more theoretical text. The manual is deliberately written in a more accessible way to be used as a resource during training programmes for community groups at different levels. Hopefully this book can make a valuable contribution to Indonesian's pluralistic society of today, enabling better interaction with others and fostering respect.
Ce livre rassemble des textes essentiels de Patrice-Émery Lumumba, Premier Ministre du premier gouvernement de la RD Congo après l'indépendance, assassiné après sept mois en fonction. L'anthologie est destinée à l'éducation politique et humaine de la jeunesse pour les valeurs de la liberté, de la justice, du courage, de l'intégrité et des droits de l'homme en RDC comme dans le monde. Patrice-Émery Lumumba est un levier pour rêver d'une nouvelle destinée pour le Congo.
Les proverbes sont « les trésors de l'Afrique ». En Afrique, on estime actuellement le nombre des proverbes à plus de 10 millions. Le plus souvent introuvables sous forme écrite, ces proverbes circulent sous forme orale. Les proverbes sont une contribution africaine à l'éthique et aux valeurs globales. Ce recueil contient 95 proverbes du Bénin et de l'Afrique de l'Ouest, tous choisis par de jeunes gens. Ils sont édités dans leur langue d'origine (Yoruba, Fon, Bariba, Dendi), avec une traduction et un bref commentaire en français et anglais. Manne pour la pensée quotidienne.
Listen carefully to your inner voice while paying attention to others. Continue your nimble dance through life. Be inspired to discover new perspectives. Despite personal, professional and social squalls and storms, look for the markers at the wayside and use your inner compass to keep to your path. The short texts in this booklet offer reflections for orientation. Ethics from everyday life for everyday life. Join the dance.
Responsible leadership is a key factor for performance, success, credibility, reputation and sustainability of each leader and organisation. Responsible leadership in this book means the values-driven use of power in order to define and reach ethical goals for all human beings and the whole creation and to implement the defined values. This book is based on Christian values and can be easily adapted for other religious or nonreligious leadership trainings. Responsible leaders are people with values from different backgrounds. They contribute to global values. This handbook offers ethical and spiritual reflections and practical checklists, an ethics code of leadership and five modules for training of staff and board members.